Yell, Burra Ness


Site Name Yell, Burra Ness

Classification Broch

Alternative Name(s) Broch Of Burra Ness

Canmore ID 1373

Site Number HU59NE 3

NGR HU 55727 95720

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Administrative Areas

  • Council Shetland Islands
  • Parish Yell
  • Former Region Shetland Islands Area
  • Former District Shetland
  • Former County Shetland

Archaeology Notes

HU59NE 3 55727 95720

(HU 5573 9573) Brough (OE)

OS 6" map, Shetland, 2nd ed., (1900).

A broch, now ruined and obscured by overgrown debris, except on the east where the wall still stands 14' high. The overall diameter has been about 60' and the wall is at least 15' thick, with a scarcement, and evidently contained a gallery 2' wide, while in the SE arc there are the ruins of a fairly large cell of oval shape. The position of the entrance could not be determined.

There appear to have been outbuildings on the north, south and south-east but these are too dilapidated to plan. Outside them, at an average distance of 94' from the broch, there are slight indications of an earthern rampart or ramparts, but it is not now possible to identify them with the original lay-out.

RCAHMS 1946.

As described

Visited by OS (RL) 11th May 1969.



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